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A Guide to Conversational Analysis

Beth Kemp | Sunday January 30, 2011

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  • Transcripts Pack
  • Guide to Conversation Analysis.doc

This guide is intended to support teachers preparing students for tasks involving the analysis of transcribed conversation at AS and A2 level, although teachers of the new GCSE unit on Spoken Language may also find some helpful information here, especially in the “Key Issues? section.  Just don’t get carried away with the technical terms or theories at this level!

The advice and information given here is relevant to many specifications, both Language courses and combined Language and Literature ones.  Some of the more theoretical/conceptual work is not necessary for Language and Literature students, and some boards require less of these students in terms of framework terms used, so do check the expectations for your particular board.  Mark schemes and their ‘indicative content’ are particularly useful for this, as well as specifications.

The specifications that this guide may support are as follows:

AQA

English Language A – ENGA1, ENGA4 (investigation must focus on spoken aspects)
English Language B – ENGB1, ENGB4 (may use spoken data for investigation)
English Language and Literature A – ELLA2, ELLA3
English Language and Literature B – ELLB3

Edexcel

English Language – Unit 1, Unit 3, Unit 4 (if spoken data are chosen for the investigation)
English Language and Literature – Unit 1, Unit 3

OCR

English Language – central to F651 and F653, although needed to some extent in all four units
English Language and Literature – F671, F672 (although less focus on spontaneous speech, some speech and interaction features will be useful), F673

WJEC

English Language – relevant to all four units
English Language and Literature – LL1, LL3, LL4

The guide covers key issues in teaching conversation analysis, then the useful concepts to help students approach transcripts followed by the key interaction and speech features that can be used in...


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